Margaret Pearson is the Chief Advisor Procurement for New Zealand Government Procurement and Property. Margaret’s responsibilities include providing the General Manager with high quality thought leadership, advice and direction setting on commercial and procurement matters; leading and stimulating debate on how government procurement functions; and leading the engagement with critical stakeholder groups.
Prior to taking up her current role, Margaret was the head of procurement at the Ministry for Primary Industries where she led the successful transformation of a fragmented procurement organisation into a professional centre led procurement team which has been recognised and singled out as one of the highest performing government procurement organisations in New Zealand.
In addition to this Margaret has taken a leading role in reforming procurement across the government sector through chairing multiple procurement advisory groups; leading the development and implementation of initiatives designed to lift procurement capability and commercial acumen of individuals and across government and agencies; mentoring procurement professionals; and actively promoting professional development.
As a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and with procurement and management experience spanning over 20 years, Margaret is passionate about demonstrating the value of procurement as a profession and function that assists agencies achieve their goals, and drive and deliver improved outcomes.